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The Detroit Jewish News, 2012-06-14

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Gemini — Ann Arbor-based twin-brother musicians

arts & entertainment

Sandor and Laszlo Slomovits — whose concerts include

sing-alongs, hand-motion tunes, folktales and music from

around the world, perform a children's concert June 15 in

Clarkston and take the stage Aug. 23 in Milford.

For your entertainrne
a roundup of free outdoor summer concerts,

Birmingham: in the Park Summer

Esther Allweiss Ingber

Contributing VVriter


ree summer concerts. For some Metro
Detroiters, listening to live music outside is a
favorite warm-weather activity.
But why exactly should you attend an outdoor
In the words of flamboyant Saturday Night Live!
correspondent "Stefon" (Bill Hader), who always
knows where to go for fun: "It's got everything!"
The attributes of summer concerts are impressive:
Come out for musical variety, favorite or new per-
formers, fresh breezes, relaxation, busting boredom,
people watching, visiting neighbors, making tradi-
tions with family and friends, and — worth stating
again — free entertainment!
Most everyone appreciates a bargain so thanks are
due to the cities, libraries and/or community spon-
sors that make these summer concerts possible.
The Oakland County evening concerts and venues
on this list each have their own charms. It's certainly
convenient to support a series located close to home,
but some may enjoy making a field trip to another city
(Note that the city of Southfield also has a monthly Eat
to the Beat series, noon-2 p.m. in City Centre Plaza.
Dates are June 14, July 12, Aug. 9 and Sept. 13.)
As always, interested music enthusiasts can call or
check the websites to find directions, availability of
food, alternate venues if the weather becomes inclem-
ent, more information about type of music featured
and any scheduling changes. Series programs are
listed by cities in alphabetical order.
Whether the featured music is oldies, big band,
jazz, country, classical or another genre, a community
outdoor summer concert indeed has everything! L_


Nate Bloom

Special to the Jewish News

New Flicks

The following movies all open on
Friday, June 15:
In That's My Boy, Adam Sandier,
45, plays Donald Berger, who as a
teen fathered a son (Andy Samberg,
33) he named Han Solo Berger. He
raised Han alone until the boy's 18th
birthday, when Han renames himself
"Todd Peterson" and takes off. Berger
loses touch with him until a big tax
bill motivates him to find his son and
try to hit him up for a loan.
Rock of Ages, based on the hit
Broadway musical co-produced by
Jayson Raitt (West Bloomfield High
School, class of 1989), tells the story
of a small-town girl and a city boy,
who meet on the Sunset Strip while
pursuing their Hollywood dreams.
Their rock 'n' roll romance is told
through 1980s classic rock hits. The
film is directed and choreographed


June 14 w 2012

7 p.m. Wednesdays
Shain Park, Bates and Merrill,
downtown Birmingham
(248) 530-1650;
June 15 (Friday): Battle of the
June 20: Steve Acho
June 27: Birmingham Concert
July 11: Acoustic Brothers From
Different Mothers
July 18: 730 Club Band
July 25: AllenAsTim & the Dance
Hall Rockers
Aug. 1: Byron in Motion
Aug. 8: 7 Grams of Fat
Aug. 15: Legend the Band

Clarkston: Concerts in the Park

6:30 p.m. Fridays
Depot Park in downtown Clarkston
(248) 625-1559; www.clarkston.org
June 15: Gemini Children's Concert
June 22: Stardusters Big Band
June 29: Bugs Beddow
July 6: Magic Bus
July 13: Legend the Band
July 20: Orquesta Ritmo

Farmington: Rhythmz in Riley

7-8:30 p.m. Fridays
Sundquist Pavilion in Riley Park,

by Adam Shankman, 47, (Hairspray),
who also is a judge on TV's So You
Think You Can Dance.
The comedy/drama
Lola Versus stars
Greta Gerwig as
Lola, a Ph.D. student
whose fiance, Luke
(Joel Kinnaman, 32),
ends their engage-
ment just before the
wedding. Lola, feel-
ing lost, has a series
of adventures that include some new
guys. Providing her anchors are her
free-spirited parents (Debra Winger,
57, and Bill Pullman) and Alice, her
best friend (Zoe Lister-Jones, 29).
Lola was co-written by Lister-Jones
and Daryl Wein, 29, the actress' real-
life romantic partner of eight years.
Wein also directed Lola. Lister-Jones
is best known for playing the title
character's best friend in the NBC
sitcom Whitney. Kinnaman (Detective
Stephen Holder on the AMC series

T °


Grand River Avenue,
downtown Farmington
(248) 474-5500; www.
June 8: The Luddites
June 15: The Backbeats
Beatles Tribute Band
June 22: Union Avenue Band
June 29: The Paisley Fogg
July 6: The HandGrenades
July 20: Hullabaloo
July 27: Billy Mack & The Juke
Joint Johnnies
Aug. 3: Paul Dozier Quartet
Aug. 10: Lindsay Lou & the
Aug. 17: Gasoline Gypsy
Aug. 24: The Kreellers

Cou r tesy o f Gem in i

Plein Air

Aug. 16: Mass Transit
Aug. 23: Farmington Community


Ferndale Public Library: Summer
Concert Series

6:30 p.m. occasional Mondays
222 E. Nine Mile Road
(248) 546-2504; www.ferndale.lib.
June 25: Nighthawks — jazz
July 23: Elvis impersonator

Farmington Hills: Stars in the

Huntington Woods: Summer
Concert Series

7 p.m. most Thursdays
Heritage Park's grassy amphithe-
(248) 473-1856; www.ci.farmington-
June 21: Farmington Community
Band Concert Band
June 28: Lookin' Back
July 12: Shout Beatles Tribute
July 26: Farmington Community
Band Big Band
Aug. 2: Delta Twins
Aug. 9: Devin Scillian & Arizona

7:15 p.m. Tuesdays
Scotia Park, Scotia at Lincoln
Rain location: HW Recreation
Center, 26325 Scotia Road
(248) 541-4300; www.
ci.huntington-woods.mi.us .
June 19: Third Coast Kings
June 26: Gary Greenfelder Big
July 3: Adult Battle of the Bands
July 4 (Wednesday): Sun
July 10: Sin Hielo wsg Nicole New

The Killing) was
born and raised
in Sweden,
the son of an
American non-
Jewish father a
Swedish Jewish
In director Wes
Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom, set
in 1965 on an island in New England,
two 12-year-olds (newcomers Jared
Gilman and Kara Hayward) fall in
love, make a secret pact and run
away together into the wilderness.
Bob Balaban, 66, narrates the film.
Gilman, who lives in New Jersey, cel-
ebrated his bar mitzvah in February.

Speaking Of Simchahs

On April 29 in Philadelphia, Jacob
Wertheimer celebrated his bar mitz-
vah. In attendance was Jacob's grand-
father, legendary heavyweight boxing
champ Muhammad Ali, 70. Jacob is
the son of Spencer Wertheimer, a

In Plein Air on page 102

Philadelphia attor-
ney, and Khaliah
Ali-Wertheimer, the
boxer's daughter.
Khaliah told box-
ing website the
Sweet Science: "I was
born and raised as a
Muslim. But I'm not
into organized religion. I'm more spiritu-
al than religious. My husband is Jewish.
No one put any pressure on Jacob to
believe one way or another. He chose
this on his own because he felt a kin-
ship with Judaism and Jewish culture.
My father was supportive in every way.
He followed everything and looked at
the Torah very closely. It meant a lot to
Jacob that he was there."
Ashley Biden, 30, daughter of Joe
Biden, married Dr. Howard Krein, 45,
on June 2 in Wilmington, Del., in an
interfaith Jewish-Catholic ceremony
at the Biden family's church. Hallie
Biden, married to the veep's son
Beau, also is Jewish.

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